This course combines theoretical and practical approaches to the study of modern media technologies. It will also prepare you for university by teaching you study and IT skills. You'll learn how to write features and news articles, make digital films, study and evaluate how media messages are constructed and the different ways that they shape both the world and how we make sense of it. If you've ever wanted to explore 'what is media?' then this course is ideal for you. Academic and tutorial support is given throughout the course, and you'll get help and advice with your university applications through the UCAS system.
You'll be expected to study extra hours outside of the class in order to manage strict work deadlines and to cope with the workload on this intensive course.
Assessments take place throughout the course with essays, assignments, presentations, tests and exams. To gain the Access Diploma you'll need to achieve 60 credits with a minimum of 45 at Level 3.
You should be 19 or over at the start of this course.
This course will prepare you for study at university-level, but you should check the entry requirements for the universities you are interested in as well.
English and maths
Most universities ask for GCSE English and maths grade A*-C/9-4.
If you're missing one of these GCSEs at the required grade:
You will need to sit an assessment and depending on your results, you could study a GCSE course or a Level 2 Functional Skills course alongside Access. This option is intensive so you'll need to be committed to studying the extra hours.
If you're missing both GCSE English and maths A*-C/9-4 or your assessment results show you're unlikely to get above grade D/3:
You'll need to take an English and/or maths Functional Skills or GCSE course before studying Access to develop your skills in this area.
In some cases we may consider equivalent international qualifications. Please ask our team about this when you come in for interview.
If you don't have GCSEs A*-C/9-4, don't forget we have other options that might suit you. If you're employed our apprenticeships team can help you get qualified while you work, and we have plenty of courses to prepare you for further study or work. For advice, speak to our education advisers.
For international students, you will need an IELTS score of 5.5 (minimum 5.0 in each section) or equivalent. Find out more in the international pages.
There may be materials you need to help with your studies. You'll either make a one-off payment for these when you enrol, or you'll buy them during the course. Your tutor will talk to you about this at interview or in your first class (if you don't need an interview).
Depending on your course and circumstances, you may be able to get funding to help with materials fees. Please check with us when you come in for interview or enrolment.
Choose your university course and remember that South Thames runs university-level courses too so there could be something here that fits your career plans.
All courses run subject to demand and the content listed here should be used as a guide only. Course content may vary according to a range of factors such as course duration, campus, teaching staff and requirements from awarding bodies. Check our course and fee guidelines for further details.
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